Impact 21/22: F2F Reimagined

Impact is the world's top gathering of corporate innovation, strategy, emerging tech, and R&D leaders in big organizations.

What Will You Get Out of It?

Impact conferences will take place in New York and San Francisco. We're designing them to be smaller than in the past (NYC will be limited to 100 participants), and focused on four benefits:

  1. Core innovation best practices: Learn from other corporates what is working
  2. Emerging technologies and new experiments: Get a glimpse of how corporates are prototyping the future
  3. Professional development: Build new skills that will help you advance your career
  4. One-to-one meetings with other participants and Impact sponsors: Get input and advice on your biggest agenda items.

We know your time is precious. The time you spend at Impact will help you and your team learn from the best, deliver bigger results, spark new partnerships, and grow your network.

In advance of our larger NYC and San Francisco face-to-face conferences, we'll be hosting an online event and several smaller in-person executive forums. Purchasing a ticket to either NYC or San Francisco will include access to the online event, or you can purchase that ticket separately if you're unable to join us in person. Purchasing a ticket to either NYC or San Francisco will give a director-level or above participant from your company free access, on a space-available basis, to our in-person executive forums in Boston, Chicago, and New York.

You can now request a seat at one of our Impact Executive Forums in Boston, Chicago, or NYC!


Who You’ll Meet

This event is designed for current corporate leaders in innovation, strategy, design, emerging technology, R&D, and new product development roles. Speakers at past Impact gatherings have included senior executives from Google, General Mills, Lyft, IBM, Bose, Converse, Citi, Samsung, Tiffany & Co., Ford, Kellogg's, Walmart, NASA, Harvard Business Review, and more. If you need to deliver tangible impact in your organization in the year ahead, please don’t miss Impact.

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What to Expect

In addition to fireside chats, workshops, and case studies, you’ll be invited to participate in pre-event activities and cocktail receptions, as well as breakouts full of opportunities to participate and pose your questions. Impact will also give you the chance to schedule 1-on-1 meetings with other participants, speakers, and sponsors.


Reserve Your Spot at Impact NYC, May 18 + 19 — Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing!

Impact New York City takes place May 18 + 19, 2022, with some optional pre-event activities starting on May 17 at 4 PM. Our venue is the Wythe Hotel, a converted factory in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. Tickets below offer full participation in our New York event to current corporate innovation, R&D, strategy, emerging tech, and new product development professionals at all levels (working in for profit, non profit/NGO, and government entities), plus participation in our online Impact conference in January 2022. We reserve the right to refund registrations of individuals who do not fit that profile. A membership bundle includes one year of complete access to Innovation Leader's website, starting immediately, for the purchaser. (Registration for our San Francisco Impact conference is not yet open. But to request complimentary participation at one of our Impact Executive Forums, see details here.)

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Event FAQs

Who comes to this event?

Impact is designed expressly for corporate innovation, strategy, emerging tech, and R&D professionals. That’s everyone from Chief Innovation Officers and VPs of Innovation, to Directors of Innovation and R&D Managers. If you’re responsible for new products or services inside your company, you’re probably the right fit. If you're in professional services, advisory, training, or innovation software, please inquire about sponsorship.

Where does Impact take place?

We're hosting this year's in-person conferences in New York and San Francisco, with a online two-day virtual event in between to connect participants who join us at both of these conferences. Our online platform allows you to see who else is participating, send them messages, connect with sponsors, and even schedule 1-on-1 video meetings with other participants and sponsors. Tickets to either in-person conference will include access to the virtual event.

What is your approach to keeping attendees safe?

We will monitor local policies related to COVID-19 that will apply to each of our in-person Impact gatherings. At our New York Impact gathering, the venue, the Wythe Hotel, requires proof of vaccination for admittance; please discuss any needs for medical exemptions with our team in advance. Attendees will be encouraged to wear masks for indoor sessions if they are comfortable doing so, and required to in cities where there is a mask mandate, such as Boston and Chicago.

Can I get a refund?

If you are unable to attend the event for health reasons, or your plans change, we are happy to transfer your ticket to a colleague or shift it to our San Francisco Impact conference in early 2022. If the event is cancelled due to public health reasons, we will offer you the option of participating in our online event and transferring your registration to our next in-person event, likely San Francisco in early 2022, or getting refunded the difference between an in-person ticket and the online price. If you need to transfer your registration to a colleague, please let us know at least 24 hours before the event begins by emailing so we have the new participant's contact info.

What is the code of conduct at your events?

We are dedicated to creating a professional, safe, welcoming, and harassment-free environment for all our attendees. Please see our complete code of conduct here.

Will you bore me with PowerPoints?

No. We're intentionally light on slides at our in-person events in favor of interactive exercises, easel pads, Post-It Notes, Play-doh, and whiteboards. Some speakers do use slides or visuals at our virtual events to make their practices and ideas more concrete.

Will the media be there?

No. All our sessions are confidential and designed for the benefit of participants.

What is Innovation Leader?

If you’re working to make change happen inside a large organization, Innovation Leader was created especially for you.

We create downloadable templates and tools; report on what the world’s best companies are doing; and convene your peers to share best practices, in conference calls, webcasts, and at live events. Everything we do is geared to helping you deliver impact in your organization, whether you work in strategy, R&D, new ventures, design, technology, or innovation.

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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at Impact, or other Innovation Leader events, contact Andy Donovan.